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I just had an opportunity to use some Dante AVIO USB Adapters. They are an outstanding plug-n-play audio solution. I'm seeing more and more audio professionals in the live event and permanent installs using Dante. With these dongles, you don't have to mess with nic card issues or load software or drivers. They have a small form factor, simple plug-n-play and WATCHOUT sees them as a Dante USB Transmit(Dante USB I/O Module) [WASAPI]. They are limited to two channels for each USB dongle. If you need more Dante audio channels then the USB to Rj45 converter is the way to go, but that requires more tweaking to get it going. They are running around $100 US and are a bit of a wait due to the high demand. https://www.markertek.com/product/adn-adpusb-au2x2/audinate-adp-usb-au-2x2-dante-avio-usb-io-adapter-2x2 Totally worth having these in your kit.
Has anyone successfully outputted multi channels of audio out of Dante Virtual Sound (DVS) card using WATCHOUT? I am doing a large museum exhibit that has its audio system set up using a Dante and I have six channels of audio that I’m trying to push from a WO server computer using the Date Virtual Sound card, which is digital audio over IP using a second NIC on the WO server PC. I have done multichannel analog audio with WO many times, but using Dante and WO I can only access one stero pair at the same time. In the WATCHPOINT software on the server computer I can pull the audio device menu down and see 16 channels (8 stereo pairs) of Dante audio but since they’re all separate I can only access one stereo set. Has anyone successfully accessed all the channels using DVS? If you have, can you help me understand how to accomplish this? It would be much appreciated even if it requires me purchasing additional hardware. Thanks
Hi, I have tried to install the Dante Virtual sound card on a WO display computer in April 2012. The display computer had 2 physical ethernet ports on the motherboard. One was used with a separate gigabit switch for the Watchout network exclusivly, the other one was used with a different gigabit switch for Dante. WO IPs were 192.168.x.y Dante IPs were 169.254.x.y (thats what they default to, its a feature not a missing DHCP). Subnet mask on both interfaces was class b or c / 255.255.0/255.0. So from a networking standpoint all WO traffic should have been routed to interface 1, and all Dante traffic should have been routed to interface 2. For some reason at the time (I didn't had the time to investigate further) as soon as Dante was activated the display computers would not play in sync any more and there were occasional dropouts in the communication. We then went back to a RME Fireface to playout the multichannel audio. As Dante is now more common in the industry and multi channel application happen day to day with WO I was wondering if there are any plans to extend the support of Dante networking? In this thread I already found a tool to assign Mono or Stereo files to specific output tracks, which is a good starting point to make the handling of multi channel audio files in the WO interface much easier ( http://forum.dataton.com/topic/2-is-there-a-possibility-of-multi-tracking-and-outputting-within-the-watchout/ ). Has anybody tested the Virtual sound card with WO and found similar issues? Wouldn't it be great if one could from within Watchout assign input and outputs channel to and from Dante? More about Virtual sound card: http://www.audinate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=235 Thanks Tobi